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.9 magnitude earthquake shaking buildings in tokyo. the pacific tsunami warning center say a tsunami warning is in effect for a large swath of the pacific. and the nation's weather agency is warning that a tsunami as high as 10 feet could hit the northeast coastline of japan. so far, there are no reports of any injuries. japan's been rocked by several earthquakes in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude on wednesday. a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocking japan. and there is a warning that a tsunami that could be as high as 10 feet could hit the country's northeast coastline. stay with fox news for more. back to "on the record." rush it
information center, and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. the japan road traffic information center and police say expressways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. according to toshiba elevator, it assumes that most elevators came to a halt in the region affected by the disaster. according to toshiba elevator it assumes most elevators came to a halt in the region effected by the disaster. at the moment the company has been collecting information about mechanical troubles. the industry ministers nuclear and industrial safety agency has put in place an emergency center for the earthquake. it will collect information concerning damages caused by the earthquake to nuclear power plants around the country. for those just tuned in to nhk world, you're seeing live coverage of miyagi prefecture in sendai area where a tsunami has struck. a major earthquake hit japan on friday afternoon. japan's meteorological agency says a quake measured magnitude 8.4. >> we were just watching an unbelievable disaster befalling japan right now as we
're in tokyo, whether the aaftershocks have leveled off at this point or things beginning to calm down? calm is a weird phrase at these hours with you, but has it settled down a little bit? are you still feeling the shaking you felt hours ago? >> reporter: they've definitely gotten weaker. i can tell you that. we're still feeling some right for you. we have gotten quite a few aftershakes, but -- aftershocks but they have gotten weaker. one thing i want to point out as you talk about those image as, japan is a country that is relatively well prepared for earthquakes. so, the iimages you're seeing s to the magnitude of the quake we felt earlier today. you know, this is a country that has, you know, plenty of earthquake drills. we feel earthquakes out here all the time. nothing like we felt earlier today in a long time. >> were people heeding those evacuation warning in tokyo? did you see people exiting all those buildings in that densely populated area? >> reporter: know, it's tough to see from our vantage point but based on the images i have seen, i can tell you japanese people take their ear
in tokyo right now. stay tuned. good morning, everyone, we have 50 -- we have a fox news alert. the japanese government confirming that a radiation leak has happened and there could be a possible nuclear meltdown. >> and back to adam on the phone from tokyo. did you hear our last guest, and he is concerned this is a major problem and there could be a major nuclear fallout stretching as far east as the united states if the nuclear cloud is able to escape and they do not get the core under control. >> absolutely. this could be the worst of all three disasters. you have the first disaster, the earthquake second disaster is the tsunami that destroyed significant parts of the northern part of japan on the coast and the third could be the worst, which is nuclear fallout and the worst of that situation. just from what we know which as you mentioned the information is changing rapidly, it is hampering search-and-rescue efforts significantly and the ability to get supplies to the city affected most by the earthquake and tsunami. i have her stories from someone, her sister-in-law, she is
of "american morning" on this friday, march 11th. it's 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. 7:00 p.m. in tokyo. we're following breaking news in japan after an 8.9 magnitude quake hits and triggers a massive 13-foot tsunami. >> the rescue operation is under way right now, but also happening right now a lot of warnings are in place, tsunami warnings for at least 20 countries. and hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. under warnings as well. let me tell you about this quake. a devastating one, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. it was an 8.9 magnitude quake. it hit off the coast of japan overnight. there have been several powerful aftershocks being felt, up to 7.0 in magnitude. the quake was centered 300 miles from tokyo, but it was felt in tokyo. buildings swayed. take a look at these pictures. our bureau there in tokyo as well. some of our co-workers being thrown around at times as well. this is just one of the views inside. people poured out onto the streets afterwards. they say it's a city in chaos right now. the danger we have now, the concern, a tsunami. it did trigger a tsuna
to find out the extent of the damage. all transportation systems in tokyo as well as northern japan has been stopped. airports closed in tokyo, a great earthquake has hit japan. magnitude 8.4 in northern japan. the agency has been warning the tsunami everness is the quake. and a tsunami has hit the miyagi area as our camera crew are up covering and showing you exactly what is going on. the deputy chief cabinet secretary told reporters on friday that the governor of miyagi prefecture where it has hit hardest has asked the government to send self-defense force units to deal with the situation. the defense ministry official say south defense force personnel are currently contacting local governments and related agency to assess the extent of the damage. earlier prime minister kan and his cabinet have gathered at the prime minister's office where an emergency task force has been set up to respond to the earthquake. the task force will gather information on damage and prepare for more possible tsunamis. japan's prime minister has ordered officials to start preparing for foreign assistance. h
, 4:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. local time in tokyo, japan, where we are bringing you breaking news. you're seeing dramatic pictures of cars, houses, farms, being swept away as a result of a massive tsunami wave that struck a coastal town about two and a half hours north of tokyo. this is the miyagi prefecture. we are getting information as a result of an 8.4 earthquake that struck the area. reports of a possible 30-foot tsunami wave. and as you're looking at pictures that probably came in about 15 minutes ago, this is not live, about 15 minutes ago, you can see the massive effects of this tsunami in a populated area, where you are seeing homes, cars, farms being completely swept away. dramatic to see. this is the worst earthquake ever to hit japan. originally when this first came in, about an hour ago, we had a report of a 7.9 earthquake. it has since been upgraded. i see our banner there says 8.9. there are conflicting reports on that, as japanese television is saying that it was an 8.4. we will clarify that, as the morning goes on. the information is obviously streaming in minute-to-m
the crisis. my senior correspondent joins us now from our tokyo bureau with more. tell us more about this operation which we understand is current of trying to put water on to one of those reactors from the air. >> reporter: yeah, really crucial operation, charles. there were four drops of water today from the air. they drop about seven tons of water on to those reactors before they ended that operation. now the helicopters are only going to be used during the morning. that's the information we're getting. what is happening is there are also going to be five water trucks from the military that are now being moved out there to be able to pump more water on to these reactors as well as the one truck from the police as well. now those five military trucks will pump about 30 tons of water into the affected area. interestingly, charles, they were going to get water directly from the ocean to the trucks and then on to the reactors. now they had to abandon that plan because it would have made that the soldiers would have to actually get out of the trucks and expose themselves to potentially
of japan. a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake shaking buildings in tokyo. the pacific tsunami warning center say a tsunami warning is in effect for a large swath of the pacific. and the nation's weather agency is warning that a tsunami as high as 10 feet could hit the northeast coastline of japan. so far, there are no reports of any injuries. japan's been rocked by several earthquakes in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude on wednesday. a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocking japan. and there is a warning that a tsunami that could be as high as 10 feet could hit the country's northeast coastline. stay with fox news for more. back to "on the record." rush it betweeny four hours? why did you have to split the bill last night? could it have waited a week? >> i think we have seen that democrats are eager, especially on the senate level to abandon what the taxpayers demanded on november 2nd. that is, we balance our budget and not continue to kick the can down the road and let this responsibility rest at the feet of our children, sons and daughters in the state of wisconsin. i know refinanci
are poorly constructed. >> we are looking at pictures right now of the newsroom in tokyo and this is 240 miles away from the epicenter and we are certainly seeing things on our screen here just rocking and rolling in tokyo. that's quite a distance. 240 miles away. >> not surprising. the duration of earthquake of this size probably was on the order of minutes of strong shaking. generated large waves that at distance of couple hundred miles would have been substantial. low frequency, high frequency that you are used to feeling in california for small quake would have been absorbed by the earth. but the long period waves would have been quite strong in tokyo and certainly hitting high-rise buildings. you. >> well david i'mer we appreciate your time. we want to check in with patty pepper with the bay area red cross. are you with us patty. >> i am. >> what is the red cross doing right now to help with this situation? >> we are at this point waiting to get word. probably be the morning before we hear from japanese red cross society but obviously they are looking for support and l likel
. as the government asks for help to prevent a full nuclear meltdown. i'm shepard smith live in tokyo. the news starts now. explosions have already rocked the reactors and if the containment systems fail, clouds of nuclear radiation could sweep into the sky. tonight, we'll show you how crews have been trying to keep things cool to prevent another disaster. and why it may already be too late. plus, some members of the u.s. military exposed to radiation as they try to help disaster survivors. and now the u.s. navy getting its ship out of the danger zone. good tuesday morning from tokyo, japan. 8:00 a.m. here in a metropolis of 13 million people in a. [no audio] >> jon: i'm jon scott in new york. we have temporarily lost our connection with shepard smith. shepard? >> shepard: infrastructure largely intact. and back here in tokyo, a city of 13 million people now dealing with the possibility of nuclear cataclysm. right now warnings of rolling blackouts that officials at tokyo electric power company or at the tepko warned they might have to lose to conservative energy. in the hardest hit areas north this wa
of that country. just a distance from tokyo. that happening at 2:46 japan time about 9:46 this evening here. that triggered a 13-foot tsunami in that area. >> and those pictures that you were just seeing just a moment ago was the leading edge of that tsunami moving in. those were live pictures from japan as a 13-foot we're back to those live pictures right now, look at that, that's a wall of water that is moving inland. the tsunami caused by this earthquake. i think in the top the screen. you can see a boat being carried inland. epicenter of this earthquake about 240 miles northwest of tokyo. they felt it. and they felt it hard in tokyo, large buildings shook violently. workers poured into the streets. there are reports of even buildings toppled and fires going on right now in tokyo. again 240 miles away. >> again, an 8.8 earthquake but this is not the first earthquake to rock japan in the last few da days. another earthquake 7.2 on wednesday. that was followed by 16 other aftershocks. all of them above 6.0 magnitude. but then just this evening at 9:46 our time, that area again walloped by
a high level of radiation is holding up operations at several places in the plant. >>> tokyo electric power company says it has detected high levels of radioactive substances in the water that the three workers were standing in. tepco says 3.9 million becquerels of radioactive substances per cubic centimeter were found the basement water. that reading is 10,000 times higher than water inside of a nuclear reactor that is operating it. the company also detected high levels of radioactive materials, including cesium 144 and iodine 131. these substances generate during a nuclear fission inside of a reactor. tepco says number three reactor damage and spent fuel rods may have produced highly are radioactive water. >>> japan's health ministry says radiation above the legal limit has been detected in a vegetable grown in tokyo. this is the first time that radioactive cesium, exceeding the legal limit, has been found a tokyo vegetable. the ministry says the cesium was detected on thursday in a leafy vegetable taken from a field on wednesday. the vegetable is called komatsuna or japanese mustar
a special connection with tokyo. my wife grew up in tokyo. we get nhk. she tells me it's not only the tokyo subway that shut down but the jr which is our amtrak. it's a lot faster however. and the people take the jr from different regions of japan. she says that is shut down well north of tokyo to a place called tokie that is near cindie. have not heard yet from her parents. the phone lines in tokyo are spotty right now. the phone lines are spotty because the government is only using the hard line for the hard wire for emergency services. now 30 feet waves. more than 30 dozen people dead in japan. the same waves but a lot smaller are expected to hit hawaii in less than an hour. probably 30 minutes from now. in our coast less than three hours. >> the question is how big it will be when it gets here. it could be less than a foot tall. people out on the beach might not be able to observe it. >> reporter: tsunamis are created by vertical shifts in tech tonic plates. one goes up and one goes down. on the west coast here the plates move laterally. what happens here is on the ring of fire. there i
in tokyo when the earthquake hit. the theater roof collapsed, but aaron and many others were able to get out, and we hope to talk to aaron lace live as soon as we're able to get a connection with him. so stay with us for his story to match some of those remarkable images. >>> also, japan is moving on several fronts to try and calm nuclear fears. the government is sending a military unit specializing in radiation contamination to the power plant in fukushima. stan grant joins us in tokyo. first of all, help us understand what exactly was that explosion, and what might that mean about any kind of emanating fuels or fumes. >> reporter: yeah, that explosion, fredricka, really moved what has been an emergency situation here to a very critical situation. it was a loud explosion at the number one reactor, the number one plant there. and it sent a plume of smoke into the air. now, there was a lot of concern right then that it was an explosion in the reactor itself. what we've heard from officials since then and that is not the case, they say that it was an explosion in an outer wall. it was not
damage i saw was a cracked window. >> central tokyo seem to be all right. older buildings may have suffered more damage. it is not obvious from here. the real dramas are clearly northeast japan along the northeast coast. we're seeing that picture, large scale fires, you see the waters flooding in. that's where the damage is concentrated. >> we have listened to the japanese prime minister appealing to the people to remain calm. a difficult thing to do, certainly, under these circumstances as you fear along the coastline. the northeast there. the approach of yet another tsunami. what about people trying to get a hold of loved ones. family members. i'm seeing a lot of that on my twitter account. people trying to make contact with their friends and family. >> yes. i think the problem is that the phones are very jammed. everyone is on the phone, on their mobile. even the land lines are a bit difficult. i was able to get through to my family in the first half-hour after that happened. they were fine. the system i think is overloaded. i suspect that rather than damage to the telephone's i
of the country including tokyo. tsunamis continue to wash ashore. a devastating tsunami reached over 7 meters. major tsunami alerts of waves remain in place for many other parts of the country. >> extensive damage has been reported. miyagi has been hit. many people are missward a tsunami up to 7 meters tall swept through low coastal-lying areas. the airport is also submerged. people are stranded on top of buildings and freeways are closed. an nhk live camera captured a port flooded in seawater. cars and trucks were floating amid the debris. an nhk helicopter has captured images of an oil refinery on fire. akorgd to the nuclear power security agency, the five nuclear power plants in northeastern japan got shut down. there's no reports of radioactive leaks and as of 6:00 p.m., japanese time, at least 18 people are confirmed dead. >> we've just been watching the public broadcast of nhk. they bring us the very latest from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck japan. it has now gone at 6:00 p.m. in japan. it was the tsunami, the messy wave that hit the northeast of the country that caused that
plants have been damaged. and tokyo electric power plant and other power plants are in short supply of the power. especially in tohoku. so the government has instructed the utmost efforts to those power companies to get the supply from other power companies and we'd also like to ask the industries, as well as ordinary households to save energy and power. however, we do not know when those facilities will be restored. so in this situation, we could fall into shortage of power. and if this situation remains like this, we could fall into power outage in a wide area. >> in the coastal areas, some 12,000 people have already been rescued in the aftermath of the earthquake and the tsunami. we want to take to you gary tuchman, on the ground in the community of minamisanriku. are you with us? what can you tell us about the area? are you still there or just been there? >> reporter: randi, we left a short time ago. i have to tell you, very disturbing what we saw there. a town of about 20,000 people that has been completely pulverized by not the earthquake, but by the tsunami. and the reason we
, and as far away as south america. our correspondent now joins us live from tokyo. >> here in tokyo, many millions of people are beginning to walk home. when the earthquake struck, the buildings stayed standing. but people had to hold on to their desks, hold onto walls to avoid being pushed over. now they are beginning their long journey back to their houses. the concern is further north, around the city of sendai, where the massive tsunami hit, inundating and airport, even, rolling over houses and ships. my colleague reports. >> the tsunami, a trucker by the earthquake, sweeping towards a plan from the epicenter -- triggered by the earthquake. it is now being described as the biggest earthquake ever to hit japan. in its destructive power, cars, votes, and even buildings -- cars, boats, even buildings, debris of all kinds. votes in the harbor find themselves tossed about in a whirlpool -- boats in the harbor. the most of the earthquake struck in the afternoon -- from the moment the earthquake struck in the afternoon. this is a local government office in the city of sendai. and this, the o
of the largest earthquakes to hit japan in years, causing widespread damage across tokyo. >> at least 20 people killed and many more missing as a refinery fire burns out of control. >> a whirlpool off the eastern coast of japan. a tsunami warning has now been widened to cover the pacific basin. >> thst "bbc news." we're bringing you ongoing coverage of the tsunami and the earthquake that hit japan. >> it measured an 8.9. it triggered a 10-meter tsunami that destroyed everything in its path, sending ships crashing into the shore and swamping large areas of farmland. >> evacuations are taking place in japan, itself as well as warnings that have been issued in australia, hawaii and peru. >> the moment the earthquake struck, this, is a local government office. this, the offices of japan's public broadcasting. there were several powerful aftershocks in the hours following. >> the magnitude of this one was too obvious. people spilled out on to the streets and tried to comfort one another. the earthquake was off the north eastern coast and the tsunami swept inland. in its path, cars, boats, buildings,
's begin with george who joins us from tokyo via skype. like millions of japanese residents, you, too, are waking up to a brand new day filled with brand new hurdles. take us inside here and tell us what the pulse of that city is now. >> you said it. it is a brand new day here. i think this day started last night. we got a good feeling for what's going on here in tokyo as we've seen many who live here as well as tourists trying to leave the city and though they're hearing the levels of radiation, they're not taking chances and are fleeing tokyo while they can, including one man from san francisco who we met at the train station. >> with the threat of radiation increasing in tokyo, many who live here have already made up their minds on what they're going to do. get out now. count this tokyo native in that crowd. >> i never expeerntsed such a thing, so i don't know what to do. i just don't know. there's long line at the store right now. i think the you know, like the panic's starting. >> there were long lines at the tokyo train station with many people wearing masks. she said she will b
which is about 150 miles northeast of tokyo, they have been told to leave their homes because of a possible radioactive leak. >> nearly 24 hours after disaster first struck, and other could be brewing on the pacific coast. two nuclear power plants are malfunctioning forcing japan to declare the first ever nuclear emergency. thousands of people in nearby have been ordered to leave and authorities have set up an evacuation zone. in total, five reactors have been damaged. the tsunami and earthquake knocked out their power supply. >> these are like radiators in your car, you have to have radiators to dissipate the heat. if this does not happen, the water stops circulating. if it is a car, your engine seizes. if it is a reactor, it can blow up. >> japanese authorities have taken the step of sending radioactive steam from two reactors into the atmosphere. this risks it contaminating the environment but this is a lesser evil than letting the pressure rise to dangerous levels. during an error release procedure, there is a possibility that radioactive materials will be released into th
ago. >> tell me what has happened since. >> caller: we felt the tremor in tokyo. we were told to evacuate which means to show the tremor was felt down here. we are two and a half hours south of the prefecture, the epicenter, but we felt it here. we were seeing pictures and vigils of what happened from the aerials, you saw the pictures of the tsunami that swept across the coast of the prefecture. there have been reports and airline visuals of por addic fire. so far, the only report of deaths, fatalities north of here and one person that was swept away by the tidal waves. >> now, when did the first wave hit? >> caller: the first wave, reportedly hit around 3:00. >> local time. so three hours you are saying? >> caller: an hour after it struck. >> so the earthquake hit at 2:00 local time. >> caller: that's correct. >> and the first wave at 3:00 p.m. >> caller: depending on the location. >> right. the way they hit is in a circular motion of the epicenter of the earthquake, which is 230 miles northeast of tokyo. now, you know, tokyo itself, if you have been to tokyo, at this time of
's office in tokyo. in this hour we are expecting to hear prime minister naoto kan with a special message to the japanese people. for more information and updates you can please refer to live stream of our broadcast on the nhk world website at the url shown on the screen. in this hour expecting to hear prime minister naoto kan with a special message to the japanese people. you are looking at the live footage from the prime minister's office in tokyo. first we have chief cabinet secretary -- chief cabinet secretary yukio edano entering the room. we are expecting to see prime minister naoto kan with a special message to the japanese people. here we have prime minister naoto kan. this is live footage from tokyo, prime minister kan's office. >> translator: i would like to speak to the japanese citizens. the situation at the fukushima number 1 nuclear power plant. please listen to my message calmly. the fukushima nuclear power plant, as has been explained so far, after the earthquake and tsunami the nuclear reactors have shut down, and ordinarily the emergency diesel engines that should have b
the radiation hazard. it will resume the operation in the afternoon. tokyo electric power company is making efforts to restore power to the cooling system. the tokyo fire department began spraying water into the storage pool into the number three reactor building early on saturday morning. it suspended the operation after spraying water for 20 minutes to connect electricity cables. five fire engines and 13 firefighters were the at site. one truck has a 22 meter discharging arm.the firefighter to resume spraying on saturday afternoon. they have left the hose in place so as not to delay the resumption of the work. water in the pool spent nuclear fuel is vaporizing because the cool system has failed. this could expose the fuel rods causing them to melt and discharge radioactive material in the air. on friday afternoon, the sdf used six special fire trucks to spray water in the building. they sprayed 50 tons of water in 40 minutes. there a pressing need to cool fuel at the fukushima power plant. workers are carrying out the efforts to try to restore electricity there. >> the problem started a
cut since the quake on march 11th. tokyo power company was planning to test the water pumps for the number three reactor but operate ro 0 operations were halted when the smoke caused workers to flee. now we go live to chief secretary's yukio edano's news conference. we are waiting for mr. edano coming in to the room. and holding the news conference. and here's comes yukio edano. >>> translator: good morning. we have been making announcements from the relevant institution agencies. i have nothing to say so i will just take your questions. >>> translator: yesterday, the metropolitan tokyo government announced that radioactive materials found from the tap water and the tokyo government is distributing bottled water, but the bottled water is in short supply. and the government seems to be considering asking manufacturers to increase their production. what can you tell us about this? >>> translator: well, the water for babies under 12 months, it has been recommended they do not drink this water. so, for -- this is a very low level of radioactive don't which will be not harmful fo
miles from tokyo and still buildings shook violently in that city. workers poured on to the street. there are confirmed sitings of buildings on fire. we saw a little bit of that at the top of our show and huge smoke plumes. let me offer some clarification. japanese meteorologists are calling this quake a 7.9, but just within the past 45 minutes, the u.s. upgraded that to 8.8. japanese television network showed employees stumbling around as books and papers came crashing down on them. the tsunami threat is not limited to japan. for a better understanding of what that means, we go live to roberta gonzalez who is standing by. roberta. >> i am getting off the television from the west coast. in addition, i verified this with the national weather service. they have not even had the time to print this out yet, but now in effect, a tsunami watch for the entire west coast. this does include from the canadian, washington border as far south as california and the mexican border. so indeed now a tsunami watch in effect for the san francisco bay coastline. what does that mean? we just don't kn
after the earlier peak. let's cross live to tokyo. my colleague, mattfrye -- matt frye. >> night has fallen in tokyo on a day that started in an unpleasant way. just after dawn, there was a third explosion at the fukushima power plant, about 140 miles north. remember, there was one yesterday and one saturday. not just raising levels of anxiety but also levels of radiation in the air. certainly around a power plant but even here in tokyo where people were getting out their personal geiger counters. those levels have since dropped. there is still some anxiety about what will happen in the future. there was a little bit of good, breaking news, where the u.n. weather agency out of geneva reported the winds have done people a favor by changing direction and blowing radiation out to sea but relying on the wind is not terribly reassuring these days. in the overall picture of the radiation crisis -- >> another explosion and fire at the stricken nuclear plant. the blast at reactor number two, damaging the vessels that hold the radioactive core. radiation levels rose significantly for a time b
>>> this is "newsline" for march 31st, 11:aa.m. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. we're now listening in on the news conference of japan's chief cabinet secretary yukio edano. he'll be giving ugs the latest developments at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. >> translator: reportedly iaea suggested the japanese government issue an evacuation order. what do you say? >> translator: yes, the iaea has been conducting a soil survey, and one of the sample readings have exceeded iaea recommended leve levels, and it's been advised to the japanese government that we should take careful decisions based on these sampling results, and they will -- we have been continuing the atmospheric radiation surveys near the site and the iaea sampling results will also be taken into consideration for further detailed monitoring on the part of the japanese government. and as to the radiation levels in soil, this has exceeded the recommended limits. if the health hazard can develop to humans who stay near the site for prolonged periods of time, but there is no immediate health hazards if the e
you are watching nhk news line. i'm in tokyo. we are waiting for defense minister who is about to hold a news conference to explain the helicopter operation to pour water on the reactor buildings at the fukushima daiichi power plant which has just been operated. right now you are looking at the defense ministry where there is about to be a press conference to explain the operation pouring water on the fukushima daiichi power plant. two japan self defense forces helicopters have sprayed water on the reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo police guard will use a water cannon truck to spray water from the outside to cool the storage fuel. each helicopter is capability of carrying 7.5 tons of sea water. the operation was held at around 9:48, 9:52, 9:54 a.m. and also 10:00 a.m. on thursday morning. due to radiation levels, though, the operation should be conducted from a minimum altitude and limited to 40 minutes per helicopter per day. on wednesday, a white plume was seen rising from a reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo electric power
, "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news." live in tokyo -- trying to avert a nuclear catastrophe, a team of japanese workers battles to contain damage at a troubled plant which the u.n. watchdog labeled very serious. meanwhile, the human toll of this tragedy continues to climb as relatives continue to search for thousands, including one mother amidst the rubble. she handed them off to relatives, they were safe, but she was carried away by pi water. >> and in london, the other headlines. advancing on benghazi, forces loyal to muammar gaddafi say they're closing in on the biggest rebel stronghold. and in a crackdown in bahrain, dozens of protesters are injured as the army move in on their base in the capital. >> it's a chilly thursday morning here in tokyo where the crisis triggered by last week's earthquake and tsunami unfolds on so many levels. the official death toll now tands at 4 are, 500. -- 4,500. half a million are homeless. two million or more have lost power. then of course there is the unfolding nuclear drama, the fukushima nuclear plant north of here where the situation
offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center and it's been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be in the thousands as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving faster than people or cars could outrun it. then it headed out east across the pacific ocean, traveling at times at the speed of a jet airliner. the original quake was big enough to move the largest island of japan eight feet further to the east. the aftershocks haven't stopped. a second big quake struck on land late today u.s. time. the veteran cnbc tokyo bureau chief begins our coverage tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. japan is waking up to a morning saturday here like no other. the citizens of this country have long been accustomed to earthquakes, but what they saw 18 hours ago as this massive earthquake struck was like nothing they have seen before. the quake hit at 2:46
of that damage. because we've seen some of the video out of tokyo. obviously that being a heavy populated area. it was a busy friday. it was 3:00 in the afternoon. and anyone that works in a city that's comparable to tokyo, take new york, for example, 3:00 on a friday, you're jam packed. >> right. you've got to be quite jam packed. it does sound like this earthquake was located far enough away from tokyo, that it isn't really causing problems there. i mean, i would think that there's probably been some broken glass. in general, the japanese building codes are extremely stringent. and well adhered to. so -- and even look at the pictures that you've got of the tsunami devastation. this has to be very close to where the earthquake was. and many of the builds look perfectly fine. they're just swamped. so -- >> the buildings look fine. it's too early to tell. the buildings, you're right, they do look fine. it doesn't look like there were many collapses. but just before you started talking, there was unbelievable video of a ship -- it looks like the size of a -- there it is. it looks like the size o
live from the tokyo bureau. what's the latest? this is a fast-changing picture, isn't it? >> reporter: it certainly is. what i want to bring you, first of all, is this address to the people by the emperor. this is an extraordinarily rare event. and this was a taped video message played across television networks where he talked about how he cares for the people. the people need to support -- saying the people of japan together can rebuild an even stronger country. separate from the actual taped video message, he also sent a message to the television that we're expecting -- brought to the people, of course. >> stan grant there joining us from tokyo. andrew? >>> well, obviously some very windy times there up in tokyo at the moment, which could be good or bad for the residents of tokyo. radiation levels in the city already certainly higher than normal. >>> also in tokyo today, some good news finally in the financial markets. after two days of major losses on the tokyo stock exchange, today a change of mood. the panicked selling of yesterday replaced today by buying. and this is how the n
buildings in tokyo, hundreds of miles away. akiko fujita joins us from tokyo this morning. akiko, what is the latest? >> reporter: we are getting new numbers. we now know there are 18 people confirmed dead. that's from our partner out here, nhk. 18 people confirmed dead. and 60 people injured in tokyo alone. keep in mind that tokyo is hours away from the epicenter. 60 people injured in tokyo. we're not getting numbers out of northern japan where the epicenter was. but the numbers expected to be much larger there. 44 fires recorded in 6 prefectures in japan. and the images, just incredible. we just saw, as we were tracking our partner, nhk, out here, video out of sendai airport. that's a major city near the epicenter. the waves, water, just flooded out there. and tsunami warnings in effect throughout that region. >> akiko, in addition to being our abc correspondent. you lived through this earthquake. you were there at work. this happened in the middle of a work day, on friday afternoon. hitting at 2:36 on friday afternoon. tell us as a firsthand account of living through it what happene
, and this is "newsline" for 11:00 a.m. japan time. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> traces of plutonium have been detected in soil samples from the compounds of the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the operator of the plant, tokyo electric power company, says the level detected is very low and does not pose a threat to human health. the government said it will conduct further monitoring to see its possible effects. >> translator: concentration of the detected plutonium is comparable to the environmental fallo fallout, it is comparable to the level that will be found in our environment. however, if you look at the types of plutonium, the composition is different from the general fallout. because of this we believe this plutonium is likely to come from the reactor. higher level of plutonium, we need to take additional measures, so our intention for now is to continue on with the monitoring on the site. >>> chief cabinet secretary edano also said the fact that plutonium was detected proves that fuel rods had temporarily melted down in the reactor and that this is a grave situation. he said the
appealed for calm as people in tokyo began to flee the city or stock up on the essential supplies. >> in japan, the un's the nuclear energy agency says the containment wall at one of the reactors at the fukushima power plant may have been breached after an explosion on monday. radiation levels rose after a fire and separate reactor blast. most of the people within 30 kilometers have been evacuated. those remaining are being urged to stay indoors. above normal radiation levels have been measured in tokyo, 250 kilometers to the south. >> it tuesday's fire in reactor no. 4 and damage from explosions at the other reactor blocks pose a potentially disastrous situation. reports say pull for spent fuel rods in reactor no. 4 may have overheated and cannot be refueled -- cannot be refilled with water. workers are making a desperate attempt to pour water into the partially damaged roof using helicopters. >> of the radiation level is now rather high. there is a high chance of further leakage of radiation om now on. >> communities around the power plant have been evacuated. tens of thousands
train system and tokyo subway to be checked for damages. this hit in the middle of the afternoon and already friday in japan. >> fire broke out throughout tokyo. 240 miles from the quake epi-center. people streamed out of high-rise to seek safety in the street. >> both major airport in tokyo closed their runway and several nuclear power plants have been shut down as well. >> the quake realitiesed japan parliament as legislators met in toke yochlt several after shock followed the quake including one measuring 7. 4. that was an after shock. 30 minutes after the quake tall buildings were still swaying in tokyo. >> joining us live is dr. robert hammer with uc berkeley size meteorology department. this is just a massive earthquakement can you describe for us the power that an 8.8 quake carries? >> that's larger than anything we have seen here in californi california. by quite a bit. 8.8 rank in the top dozen in the world in the last 100 year years. earthquake in indonesian as i recall was 9.0a few years ago. this is larger quake we have had in recorded is in recent years cer
chernobyl. for the latest we turn to nbc's kristin dahlgren in tokyo. good morning to you. >> good morning. the latest radiation levels appear to have leveled off some. despite earlier talking about levels that could affect human health. there is great concern here in japan today. here is the latest. in the past 24 hours we saw an explosion at the third nuclear reactor at the crippled plant and a fire in a fourth reactor at a spent fuel storage pond. reports it's leaking directly into the atmosphere. japan's prime minister made a national televised address warning those within 20 miles of that plant to stay inside and saying levels were very high and that there could be additional radiation leaks even here in tokyo there were elevated radiations levels measured. we're watching the winds here very closely. officials say here in tokyo there doesn't appear to be any health danger at this point but people here are in a bit of a panic at times. they have been stocking up on supplies, emptying store shelves in anticipation of the worst. meantime while all of this is going on, there is still a ma
into trouble. it is 2:00 p.m. in tokyo. welcome to our continuing coverage of the earthquake and the tsunami in japan. aim pauline chu in hong kong. >> i'm rosemary church. welcome our viewers in the was around the world. >> that's right. we start with the greatest worry at this hour, which is a possible, a possible nuclear meltdown. officials focusing on two nuclear power reactors at one of two nuclear plants in trouble in northern japan. reactors control the initiation and generation of power, an official with japan's nuclear agency says a meltdown may be under way in one reactor at the fukushima daiichi plant but that's disputed by officials. there was an explosion at the plant saturday injuring four workers but that was the containment wall. officials widened the evacuation zone around the plant to 20 kilometers affecting 200,000 people. workers are now pumping seawater into the reactor in a last-ditch attempt to cool it down. >> we can stabilize the reactor and although the airing vented out does contain some minimal radioactive material. however, we believe that it is a minimal level t
was in tokyo. they are still doing those exercises. civilian and military components there in japan. you are seeing the result of that practice and experience of the situation. >> you know the country well and tokyo is not earthquake proof but it is earthquake resistant and the buildings held up by and large. but outside of the area. much of the financial center on the coast that got badly hit and outer lands that got badly hit. when you hear, ambassador, towns miss people are gone. are you hopeful they will be found? >> i think the chance of a lot more casulties is pretty high because what you are seeing is the discovery of what happened yesterday and in the more remote areas and you have a tsunami, we saw that in southeast asia, it devastates everything. >> always the coast. >> yeah, because the wave comes in and literally sweeps everything away. but this is a seriousuation. it is situation with the nuclear plants and the japanese have cutting edge technology on earthquakes and on handling this and architectural design. they are the leaders and have most experience. >> the antinuclear
in watches, perfumes, and cosmetics among other products. >>> tokyo stocks staged a modest rebound in early trading on tuesday. the nikkei average ended the morning session at 10,545, up 0.38%, or 40 points. the index opened slightly higher as bargain hunters took their cue from monday's sell-off. but the up side was limited with many investors staying on the sidelines. this came amid rising crude oil prices due to continued unrest in north africa and the middle east. >>> on the tokyo foreign exchange on tuesday morning the dollar is moving in a tight range. the greenback is now at 82.27-30. sources say investors are continuing to focus on the turmoil in libya and other countries in the region. >>> a representative from the anti-government forces in libya has strongly condemned moammar al gadhafi's regime for continuing to kill civilians. former justice minister mustafa abdel jalil, who now represents the opposition people's council, spoke to nhk on monday. he called on the international community to set up no-fly zones over the country. abdel jalil said the anti-government forces did not h
march we'd like to finish necessary work, preparation. >> tokyo -- after smoke was seen rising from the number 2 and 3 reactor buildings. tepco says they confirmed smoke rising from the buildings on tuesday morning. the company adds that the radiation level at the plant briefly increased after the smoke was detected but later fell. tepco says it judged the smoke would not be a problem for the workers in the plant. external cables have been installed and are ready to supply power to the number 1 and 2 reactor buildings. success in supplying power to the central control room in the number 2 reactor building should clear the way for restoring the reactors' cooling systems. the company can then monitor the temperature and water level of the reactor as well as the stored fuel storage pool under electric lighting. tepco also says workers finished laying electric cables to the number 3 and 4 reactor buildings on monday. at the number 5 reactor building power has been restored with a view to resuming normal operation. >>> radioactive substances have been detected in sea water samples taken
under control. officials in tokyo are saying it is not a threat to health. >> to an outsider the scale of tokyo can be hard to take in. an unbroken forest of glass and concrete. 35 million people live here. as the wind blew from the north the streets emptied. more people are wearing masks whenever they go out. the latest pictures from the nuclear plant are not likely to make anyone feel more confident. the shattered reactor buildings seem to contradict all the government claims the situation is under control. the army used helicopters to try to drop cooling water from above. but the winds and radiation levels forced it to be abandoned. he appeared on television to try to reassure his people. people are not reassured. we found families dashing to board trains south. what are you most worried about? >> i am most worried about the nuclear plants because i have small children. i want to stay far away from tokyo. >> many people live and work in tokyo come from other parts of japan. families are leaving tokyo for other parts of japan because of the fear of radiation. leaving is not an option
and that will donate $10 to that relief fund. a crew arrived in tokyo late saturday night. ktvu's janet is live via skype where it is 10:00 a.m. in the morning there. what is it like in tokyo and is there a sense in tokyo that country is ipcrisis? >> reporter: absolutely. as soon as we touched down on sunday, one day ahead here, it was everywhere. you saw people going through, it was crowded and on the streets in tokyo, this had a ripple effect, effecting transportation, personally. you see people coming back from the areas, everybody is talking about it here. as i mentioned, 5:00, we are feeling aftershocks. so far today we haven't felt one but this time yesterday, you know, we were having an aftershock, 5.0. it's still very tense here. according to some of the news reports, they are is about a 70% chance of a 7.0 aftershock in the next few days. this is from some of the experts. you know, with that -- hearing that kind of information, you can understand it's unsettling here. >> are people from the effected areas flooding into tokyo? >> reporter: i haven't seen so much of that yet. what we are hea
. and this is about 60 miles north of tokyo, northeast in a farming area. and this incredible tsunami wave just rolling through taking everything in its path, farmland flooded for miles dragging along homes, cars, and boats. and we have all of this covered this morning. we're getting new details by the minute on this special edition of "american morning." thanks for being with us. it's friday, march 11th. i'm kiran chetry. >> i'm t.j. holmes. it's 8:00 right now in tokyo with a massive rescue effort is underway right now. again, we told you this is a two-prong disaster. there was the initial 8.9 magnitude quake. that is a historic earthquake. one of the fifth largest since 1900. one of the largest ones the world has ever seen. that has triggered a massive tsunami that is hitting japan right now, but also we have tsunami warnings in at least 20 other countries right now. so let's tell you what's going on. get you caught up right now. again, this is a historic earthquake, folks, we have seen. you see where it struck there, about 80 miles off the coast and about 230 miles from tokyo. this took abo
arriving in tokyo within the past 24 or so is martin savidge. he's joining us now by phone. last time john spoke with you, you were trying to make your way from tokyo on a flight to get somewhere north of there. how are you doing? where are you? >> well, you know what, we're still trying to do the same thing, fred. we've just gotten into vans and we're going to make our way to the domestic airport. and it is hoped from there that we catch a plight in about maybe two hours. this will be a domestic flight that might take us db leapfrog us 150, 200 miles north. as you know the roads and of course the rail system is out up in that region. so what we're trying to do is fly as far as we can north and we still know we're eventually going to have to go on road and probably take hours after that point. so that's the point. right now, though, as you said, it is very early in the morning here in japan and it is going to be a critical day of the rescue effort really being ramped up. it ramped up yesterday and it will be more so today as they continue to flpluck them from t rooftops. two natural disast
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